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Backpacking: PDA that can utilize a usb keyboard?

by theroad / March 1, 2008 6:00 AM PST

I'm searching for a durable PDA that can handle a quick toss into a backpack. Something that has a text editor with long battery life and will accept a usb keyboard. Any suggestions? Something basic. Thanks in advance.

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None today.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2008 9:13 AM PST

And most still run for about 8 to 12 hours on a charge. Is that a long time?

-> Let's see what researchers use today. Yep, notepad.

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None today.
by theroad / March 1, 2008 12:51 PM PST
In reply to: None today.

Proffitt, thanks for your post. 8 -10 hours would be great, as well as using notepad, but what PDA would you suggest? I don't know if PDA have the slot for USB keyboards...

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I know that no pda uses the usb keyboards.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2008 9:42 PM PST
In reply to: None today.

And the bluetooth keyboards have faded away. Well not so much faded but finding them with support of the PDA is hard to impossible.

The PDA is dead. Consider something like the EEPC today with a battery backpack.


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Check out this
by bigboy73 / March 7, 2008 6:58 AM PST

I remeber reading that acer or asus 720 had some USb interface, buts it hard to find, the New HP Proffesional thing(not classic) I belive had it also. But I'm not sure how well a USB keyboard would work. I would go with The Infared wireless onesthat everybody is using. Um I am a Palm OS fan but if you want more laptop like power you need either the lifedrive (palm OS0 but that doesn't have great battery life. or the TX is okay. But for raw Operating system power Windows beats out the ancient Palm OS ( last release was 2004). Hoped this helps look into it for yourself.


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